2018 First F1 Car Revealed By Haas

Posted: Feb 16 2018, 6:14am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

2018 First F1 Car Revealed by Haas
Photo Credit: Haas F1 Team

Haas Sets the Record for Being the First One to Introduce F1 Vehicle for the Current Year

What will a Haas 2018 F1 car appear like in real life? Well, Haas has had its team of engineers and dedicated workers release the first photos of this car. This season, the racing cars will be an altogether different affair. It seems that yesterday has gone and tomorrow has come.

The VF-17 has been the second car by the company and it has evolved with the times. It is radically different from the VF-18. The adding of a halo cockpit safety gadget and the whisking away of the sharkfin engine cover not to mention T-wing are some changes that have been made.

The halo was the biggest change that got made. It was a tough job to accomplish yet in the final analysis, it was a case of hard work yielding its reward.

The weight of the car has changed due to the addition of the halo though. Otherwise though this car is pretty stable.

“Our 2017 car was actually pretty good, but we didn’t always get the best out of it, and that’s what we aimed to change in 2018,” said Guenther Steiner, team principal. “We got the car as light as possible to carry more ballast. We were able to do a better job of putting the weight where we wanted it.”

The VF-18 is dependent on technology provided by Ferrari. The power unit and transmission are two such fundamental components which come courtesy of the famous car company.

“It’s no secret we use a lot of Ferrari equipment, so we’re using them as our baseline," said Haas. "We need to be within a half-second of the Ferraris in order for us to be competitive. We weren’t last year. I would say we were a second to a second-and-a-half slower than the Ferraris. Overall, we were maybe two seconds off the pole qualifiers, so we need to knock a second off that if we really want to be competitive.

“We’ve eliminated a lot of the variables where we knew we were weak, and we knew where we needed to focus. We need to be able to go to the majority of races and put the car down on the track and be fast. We’ve focused on what it’s going to take to get the cars to be consistent and to close that gap between the top cars.”

2018 F1 Car, VF-18 will also come with grey, red and black livery of 2017. The VF-18 car will hit the track for the first time at the opening pre-season test of the year in Barcelona which is starting on February 26.

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